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Ministry Reports

January-March, 2020

LUKE PAMPLIN, ASSOCIATE PASTOR

January

  • Connect Weekend
  • Facilitator Training
  • Rooted Kickoff
  • Administrative tasks
  • Preach
  • Support Emerge, Rooted, The Homestead and Life Groups

February

  • Life Group Leaders Training Meeting a.k.a. “Huddle”
  • Emerge wedding shower for Amy and Andrew
  • Administrative tasks
  • Preach
  • Support Emerge, Rooted, The Homestead and Life Groups

March

  • Rooted Celebration Dinner
  • Preach
  • Administrative tasks
  • Support Emerge, Rooted, The Homestead and Life Groups

 

KEVIN AHN, YOUTH PASTOR (ASCENT MINISTRY)

January to March was certainly packed for our youth ministry. In January we had our Youth Retreat in Lake Arrowhead. It was a wonderful experience as our students fellowshipped and worshipped with one another. Several of our students shared how the experience allowed them to hit pause and focus on God. Our midweek gatherings on Wednesday and Friday nights are still strong. Tim and Alexis Callahan do a wonderful job serving and discipling our junior high school students. Our high school students went through a series called, “Can I Ask That?” which dealt with difficult questions on the Bible. We also did a Sunday series in Jonah and the Fruits of the Spirit.

Since the Shelter-In-Place mandates in early March, our youth ministry team has said that our primary goal is to stay connected. We are doing this by releasing regular devotionals, meeting over Zoom in lieu of our midweek gatherings (JH Wed at 6:30PM and HS Fri at 6:30PM), and posting a lesson every Sunday across our multiple social media platforms. We are currently in a series on 1 Peter.

 

CHRISTIAN CLARK, DIRECTOR OF CHILDREN’S MINISTRY

This past quarter has been very different! We started it off with Wednesday Night Live, and as things came to a different turn we switched everything to online. We have been posting videos and craft ideas each week. We also did Zoom meetings that went very well! We had the privilege of creating a music video for Easter that starred two of our kids in our ministry!

 

KRISTIN NEAL, DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY OUTREACH

On March 3rd, we honored teachers in our community at our 30th Annual Teacher Appreciation Night! “Lights, Camera, Appreciation” was our theme and we had over 30 teachers sign up. The DB Leo club came back and served alongside Paula and her amazing team. 

Much of this quarter was preparing for Easter. Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 the service at Lorbeer Middle School had to be cancelled. Refunds are currently being processed. 

 

JIM WES, DIRECTOR OF SHEPHERDING MINISTRIES

The Shepherding Ministries Department had a remarkable winter and is rolling into a special Spring of Caring and Connecting here at His church in Diamond Bar! There are now six Connecting ministries and 11 Caring ministries in the Department – two new caring ministries just surged into action this winter:

The Campus Safety Committee held a Run, Hide, Fight training session/kickoff with 30 efdb persons and featuring Deputy Aaron Sheller of the LA Sheriff’s Department. Then they launched a team of dedicated church members who are refreshing and updating efdb’s Safety Plan for our modern times and modern challenges. The Safety Committee is forwarding its facility update recommendations to the facility maintenance team. They will be providing process and training recommendations (such as for communications and sudden evacuation in an emergency) to church leaders during Q2.

The Helping Hands Team started serving last fall and took on its name in January – just in God’s timing to see huge growth when the Virus Shut Down took over. We now have a team of over 40 families (over 70 individuals) that are cataloged, arranged in five “districts” (NSEW and central, around the church) and regularly Helping church members (as well as their neighbors) during the crisis. If you learn of someone with health safety, household, family or financial challenges, please fill out this form, or let Jim, Elaine or Gail know the name and phone number of the person in need so we can equip and send some Helping Hands. If you are available to help, please use the same connections to sign up!

Each of the Shepherding Ministries are continuing to meet (now electronically) weekly or monthly on the same days, times and pace as they had before the shutdown, and they are continuing to connect our church with our church. If you’d like to be a part, please connect with Jim and he will connect you with a group or groups that might love to have you!

We are excited to be here - and excited to connect and care with you.

 

EDDIE LEE, DIRECTOR OF WORSHIP ARTS MINISTRY

Worship Ministry Highlights:

As we approach the 3rd month of the Worship Arts Director position, the experience thus far has been challenging, yet, exciting and rewarding. Our current situation presents new challenges and new opportunities. Knowing that God is unchanging brings us peace and comfort and reminds us that we rely on Him and Him alone. It is an honor and privilege to serve with such passionate people who love God and who love our church. Here are some highlights from the Worship Arts Ministry:

  • Began serving as Worship Arts Director beginning February 1, 2020.
  • Auditioned new vocalist who has officially joined the team.
  • In collaboration with the Missions Committee, coordinated songs of worship for the February 2020 Missions Rally.
  • Converted to a fully online Worship Service with all worship song recordings taking place from home. Introduced our very first online streaming worship song on March 22, 2020.
  • Introduced the following songs: The Way (New Horizon), Living Hope, You Cannot be Stopped.
  • In collaboration with the Lead Pastor, Associate Pastor, Visual Arts Director and Lead Sound Engineer coordinated songs of worship for the Easter 2020 online service.

 

MIKE SCACCIA, FACILITIES MANAGER

IT related work

Maintain/troubleshoot computer systems, copiers and printers.

  • Replaced battery in defibrillator.
  • Coordinated with Pastor Luke in updating the recording on outgoing message for the church phone with info regarding services due to COVID-19.
  • Artwork prep for website and flyers/mailers.
  • Re-imaged MacBook for use and installed flat screen tv for Children’s ministry in the Whale room downstairs.

General maintenance & repairs

General maintenance including changing fluorescent lights, changing batteries in smoke detectors and motion sensors for alarm system. General property upkeep. Plumbing and electrical repairs. Hanging banners for various events such as Easter services.

  • Pipe leak above kitchen. Fixed leak and in the process of addressing the repairs needed to the ceiling which are primarily cosmetic. Other potential trouble spots in the pipe have been identified and will be addressed in the near future.
  • Installed motion detecting light downstairs by elevator.
  • Had Terminix address bee issues in the back of the Landing building.
  • Replaced faucets in CE building room 4 and in small sink in the kitchen.
  • General Worship Center / The Landing Duties
  • Replacing stage and house lights. Auditorium setup/tear down for various activities such as women’s monthly Tuesday Night Ministry, Memorial Services, Piano recitals, setup and remove baptisms. Assist in setting up for events including scheduling lights and AC.

 

EVELYN GONZALEZ, DEACONESS OF MISSIONS

For the 1st quarter of 2020, the Missions Leadership Team had the honor of hosting one of our missionaries Larry Dunne, for 4 weeks, where he taught about Discipleship & Evangelism during the 1stt ABF hour. 3 ABF’s were able to attend: Truth Matters, RCC and The Journey. We had over 60 people attend the 4 consecutive weeks Larry was able to teach. 

Secondly, the MLT had 4 sessions with Dennis Ahern where he taught and encouraged us to be more aware as a missions committee in regard to: The Global ministry of missions as well as the local ministry of missions in our church. The MLT has been very blessed to have Dennis share with us.

Thirdly, on 2-23-2020, our Missions’ month culminated with joyous festivities at the Missions rally! Over 130 people attended along with kids. We were blessed with an incredibly delectable Indian Cuisine generously donated by one of our very own EFree DB families. And our hearts were spiritually challenged & encouraged by Tom & Gayle Shook, another missionary couple our church supports. We were fortunate to have 6 of the 17 full-time missionaries our church supports attend our rally and be blessed along with all who attended.

We are grateful for what GOD is continuing to do in the MLT and our church.

 

PAULA MCFARLAND, DEACONESS OF FELLOWSHIP

Teacher Appreciation Dinner - Approximately 34 teachers were honored at the Teacher Appreciation Dinner on March 3rd. As part of the theme “Lights, Camera, Appreciation” event, teachers were treated like superstars as they walked the “red carpet” entry and enjoyed the photo booth. Christian Clark led the ceremony and added a special touch to the tables with a display of his private camera collection. Following dinner, dessert, and a game, each teacher was presented with a personalized Teacher Motivational Clock as a gift. The Leo’s showed up in great numbers to assist in the setup, serving, and cleanup. A special thank you to Kristin Neal and Elaine Yee who were key contributors to making the event a success. There are no events planned for next quarter.

 

 

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